How good is coffee for health? Well, here is the good news: coffee protects people from dying. In a landmark project called the EPIC study of 451,743 participants studied over 16 years, it was shown that coffee had several points favouring it.
Compared with non-coffee drinkers, subjects who drank the most coffee had lower chances of dying due to any cause. Particularly, coffee drinkers had less digestive disease-related death. There is more good news – coffee also protected against heart attacks and strokes. The authors also report that both decaffeinated coffee and regular coffee had similar benefits.
However, it is not all good news; for example, the Mayo Clinic Website reports that some people who lack a gene that breaks down caffeine, may be at high risk of heart attacks with excess coffee drinking. Hence, moderation is the key, and a small amount of coffee may be good, but do not overdo it!
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine